Heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare immune mediated adverse drug reaction occurring after exposure to heparin. It is a serious and potentially fatal condition, which may be associated with the development of arterial or venous thrombotic events. Although known for many years, HIT is still often misdiagnosed. Pre-test clinical probability, screening for anti-PF4/heparin antibodies and documentation of their platelet activating capacity are the cornerstones of diagnosis. However, both clinical algorithms and test modalities have limited predictive values and limited diffusion so that the diagnosis and management is challenging in the clinical practice. For this reason, there is an unmet need for novel rational non-anticoagulant therapies based on the pathogenesis of HIT.
The present paper reports the position of the Italian Society on Haemostasis and Thrombosis (SISET) in order to increase awareness of HIT among clinicians and other health care professionals and to provide information on the most appropriate management.
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